Best Emergency Survival Kits Buyers Guide

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A well-placed survival kit can make all the difference when you’re stuck in an unexpected situation, regardless of where, when, and how it happens. While survival kits can come with vastly different contents, they all have the same purpose: to help you survive an emergency until either the situation is fixed or help arrives.

In this guide, we’ll see two main types of survival kits: infinite survival kits, which are designed to give you the tools you need to survive indefinitely in the wilderness, and temporary survival kits, which give you tools and rations to survive until help arrives. We’ll walk you through the best emergency survival kits on the market in this guide.

CHAREADA 37-Piece Emergency Survival Kit

Emergency Survival Kit 37 in 1, Survival Gear Tool Kit SOS Survival Tool Emergency Blanket Tactical Pen Flashlight Pliers Wire Saw for Wilderness Camping Hiking First Aid Survival Kit for Earthquake
  • MUST HAVE SURVIVAL KIT: CHAREADA 37 in 1 Upgraded survival gear kit includes 16pcs emergency survival kit 14pcs medical supplies and 6pcs fishing tools to better suit your needs. The all in one survival kit includes tactical folding knife, wire saw, flashlight, tactical defense pen, fire starter, compass, emergency blanket, folding pliers, whistle, saber card, bottle clip, carabiner, 6pcs fishing tools and 14 in 1 medkit, etc.
  • WELL MADE SURVIVAL TOOL: 17pcs survival kit included to survive in the wilderness. Cold steel tactical knife for cutting; 3 modes Flashlight for bringing enough light; Dual-tube whistle for attracting attention by producing volume up to 120 db; Wire Saw for cutting wood or bone; Multi-function pliers for fixing; Thermal blanket for retain 90% of body heat; There are also raincoat, bottle buckle, fire starter, carabiner, paracord bracelet, compass, tactical pen for emergency situations.
  • COMPREHENSIVE BASIC SUPPLIES: 14pcs medical supplies for dressing bloody wound temporarily. PBT Bandages and wound pads are for protecting the wound from exposure, bandage triangulaire is for binding and holding your wound especially when bone is broken accidently; Cotton bud is for cleaning the blood on wound surface. Plus, the medkit includes also tweezers, scissors and pins, medical tape, etc. There are 6pcs fishing tools, which including 2 fishing hooks, 2 fishing lures , 2 fishing lines.
  • COMPACT & WATERPROOF: Dimensions is 10.6x4.3x2.7 inch, Weighs just around 1.98 lb, which is suitable for place in the backpack. The shell of the storage box is constructed of high quality ABS material for longer duration. The inside was filled with sponge to fix the position of the multi-tool survival kit. Lightweight, compact and waterproof for easily carrying. Perfect for camping, hiking, and wilderness adventure.
  • NECESSARY SOS EQUIPMENT: The multi-purpose survival gear kits contains everything you need when there is any emergency situation occurs like natural disaster or wilderness adventure. Perfectly fits for people who loves hiking, hunting, wilderness survival, etc. Great gift idea for outdoor adventurer, hiker, camper. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact CHAREADA for fast and prompt reply.

This emergency survival kit is an infinite survival kit with 37 full pieces. More specifically, it has 16 survival tools, 14 medical supply pieces, and six pieces of fishing gear. This survival kit is small and easy to keep in your car, backpack, suitcase, boat, or wherever else you might need it at 10.6 by 4.3 by 2.7 inches.

While this kit doesn’t come with any preserved meals like some of the others in this guide, it has a wide range of survival tools designed to help you gather your own. The survival tools you get in this guide are a tactical knife, a flashlight, a whistle, a wire saw, a multi-tool with pliers, a thermal blanket, a rain poncho, a water bottle buckle, a fire starter, carabiners, a paracord bracelet, a compass, and a tactical pen.

This kit also includes a nice little first aid kit that’ll help you treat minor injuries in case of an accident or fall. You’ll get PBT bandages and wound pads for minor cuts and scrapes, a triangular bandage that can also act as a sling, and cotton balls for cleaning and blood soaking. Finally, the first aid kit comes with tweezers, scissors, medical tape, and more.

Lastly, you’ll get two fishing hooks, two fishing lures, and two fishing line lengths to help you procure food in a wilderness situation. The kit as a whole is waterproof and made of ABS plastic.

Our favorite thing about this kit is its versatility. Not only is it great for camping, hiking, boating, and any other outdoor activities, but it’s great for stashing in your car, boat, motorcycle, RV, or even your home. The kit itself weighs less than two pounds, so it’s easy to stash just about anywhere, and it’s the only kit in this guide that’s waterproof, too.

The only thing that could be improved with this kit would be the inclusion of food or rations. However, since including these would make the kit much larger and heavier, it’s not necessarily a detriment that it doesn’t have them. Just be aware that if you’re looking for emergency rations for a survival situation, you’ll need to purchase them separately.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Does not come with food
  • The plastic clamshell case is thin and won’t stand up to drops or blows

Rescue Guard 72-Hour Emergency Kit

Rescue Guard; First Aid Kit, Hurricane Kit, Disaster Kit or Earthquake Kit; Emergency Survival Kit, Bug Out Bag Supplies, Survival Gear for 6 Day/ 72 Hours, 2 People (Basic Survival Pack)
  • Basic Expert Emergency Survival Kit; LEVEL ONE; Emergency Kit or Basic Survival Kit Includes 6 Days of Emergency Supplies and Emergency Food for One Person, or 72 Hours of Survival Gear for Two People; Emergency Kit for Small Family; This SURVIVAL BAG is Not for Medium to Large Family and Will NOT Cover; Other Emergency Kits We Make Have More Emergency Supplies
  • SURVIVAL PACK or EARTHQUAKE SURVIVAL KIT Has HIGHEST-QUALITY ITEMS of ALL SURVIVAL KITS - Premium Items Included: Water, Food, Tent, Ponchos, Rope, Light, First Aid Kit, Survival Compass, Fire Starter and Thermal Blankets; a Full Survival Backpack to Weather Any Storm; BEST in SURVIVAL BACKPACKS
  • PREMIUM EMERGENCY GO BAG: This Bug Out Bag Contains Supplies For Four People To Survive A Natural Disaster for 72 Hours. BUG OUT BAGS are Essential; Stay Prepared And Ready , Keep Your Family Safe with this EMERGENCY Backpack
  • FIRST AID KIT : After An Natural Disaster Health Care Providers May Not Be Able To Reach You For Some Time. A Variety Of Bandages Pain Relievers Ointment Gauze & Tape Sanitary Gloves And A First Aid Guide. If You Camp In The Mountain Or Your House, Stay Fully Prepping For Storm Season With The Right Necessities; Level I Only Has Our Travel First Aid Kit
  • BE COMFORTABLY PREPARED: Kids Feel Safe With Light, Our Squeeze Power Flashlight Generates Power And Stored For Use To Keep The Led Bulbs Bright. If Forced Into Camping Be A Survivor With Our Mre's Meals Supply. of Emergency Food Rations & Emergency Water; Best In Earthquake Kits and Earthquake Bags!

This emergency kit from Rescue Guard is a temporary emergency kit. As the title suggests, it’s designed to provide enough survival supplies for four people to survive for up to 72 hours. This makes it a great kit to keep in cabins, basements, or RVs for families, and it makes a great emergency kit for individuals, too. The kit will last much longer for just one person.

This kit mostly contains medical supplies and food. The 60-piece first aid kit contains supplies such as ointment, pain relievers, gauze, wound tape, gloves, and a guide to help you tend to injuries.

The kit also comes with a squeeze-powered flashlight, two ponchos, two emergency blankets, a pack of tissues, latex-free exam gloves, dust masks, four biohazard bags, two light sticks, a survival whistle and compass, a firestarter, an emergency tent, emergency rations, and water.

This survival pack also comes in an “Intermediate Survival Pack” upgrade that adds a few more items, including duct tape, multi-tool pliers, sleeping bags, and more.

The intermediate survival pack is a great starter kit that comes with virtually everything you could feasibly need in a temporary survival situation. However, be aware that the bags are hefty – even the basic kit starts at over 20 pounds. The basic kit could use a few more survival items, such as pliers or a multi-tool, but you can always add these yourself after if you’d like – the backpack it comes in is big enough for a few extra items.

Unfortunately, there are a few problems with this survival kit. Firstly, the backpack it comes in is cheaply made. It’s okay for holding your first survival kit, but it might not hold up long enough for a refill. Secondly, this kit sometimes comes with missing items, so make sure you unpack and verify everything before stowing it away.

Pros:

  • Enough for four people for 72 hours (or one person for much longer)
  • Available in basic and intermediate level packs
  • Comes with both food and survival supplies

Cons:

  • The backpack is flimsy
  • Sometimes comes missing some items
  • The basic pack is short on survival items like knives and tools

Ready America Deluxe 4-Person Emergency Kit

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Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack
  • 4 Person Kit
  • US Coast Guard approved food and water
  • Enough supplies for 3 days

This emergency kit from Ready America is very similar to the last kit we looked at. This is also a limited-survival kit with enough food for four people for three days. Of course, if you were using it just for yourself, it would last much longer.

This kit has some issues, but for a moderately-priced survival kit, this comes with a surprising assortment of things. One of the best items is a “power station” combination unit, which is actually a crank-powered flashlight that can also power other items. Do be aware that, while the power station can charge cell phones, the cable that comes with it is outdated.

Other items you’ll see in this safety kit include a multi-tool with pliers, a whistle, gloves, safety goggles, duct tape, rations, water, glow sticks, survival blankets, duct tape, a first aid kit, and more. However, the water comes in milk-style cartons, which can puncture or leak easily. If you purchase this kit, check that all of your water cartons are intact upon arrival (and before you take it anywhere, too).

Like the other kit we looked at, the included backpack is a bit flimsy – don’t expect the zippers on the pack to hold up to dirty conditions. It might be worth swapping out the bag for a better one if you intend to carry this with you frequently, such as if you plan to take it hiking or camping. That way, you can add more items to the kit, too – there’s not much room for more supplies in the included backpack.

Pros:

  • The kit comes with survival tools and food, as well as medical tools
  • Makes a great hiking or camping kit
  • The crank-powered charging station is a big plus
  • Included food and water are US Coast Guard approved

Cons:

  • Water “cartons” tend to leak and puncture easily
  • The backpack could be sturdier

Redfora Complete 2-Person Earthquake Bag

Complete Earthquake Bag - Emergency kit for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Wildfires, Floods + other disasters (2 person, 3 days)
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee - Built for 2 People for a 3 day period
  • FOOD & WATER: 3600 Cal Food Bars (2), Water Pouches (24), Hydration Bag w/ Straw, Water Purification Tablets (20)
  • FIRST AID & HYGIENE: 107 Piece Extended Life First Aid Kit, Hygiene Kit (2), Pocket Tissue Pack (2), Waste Bag (2)
  • LIGHT, SHELTER & WARMTH: Hand Crank Flashlight / Radio / Phone Charger, Matches, Emergency Poncho (2), Mylar Sleeping Bag (2), 2 Person Tube Tent, Hand/Body Warmer (2), 30+ hour Candle, 12 Hour Bright Stick
  • TOOLS: Pencil, Note Pad, 5-in-1 Whistle, 50 ft. Nylon Rope, Goggles, Sewing Kit, Work Gloves

This disaster bag from Redfora is unique because you can order it based on the exact size you need. The bag itself is available for anywhere from one to six people. You’ll receive a backpack for the one-person and two-person kits; for the three-person kits, you’ll get a rolling duffel bag; and for the six-person kit, you’ll get both a rolling duffel bag and a backpack to hold everything.

The backpack and the duffel bag are water-resistant (though not waterproof), and the kits come with several items that the other kits so far on this list have not included. Aside from the usual food, water, first aid kit, and multi-tool, this kit also comes with a toiletries kit, a 36-hour candle in addition to glow sticks and a crank-powered charger/flashlight, emergency heat packs, water purification tablets, rope, a sewing kit, a memo book, and more.

Do be aware that the quantity of tools does not increase based on this survival kit’s size. You’ll get more essential items, such as emergency tents, sleeping bags, food, and water, but you’ll only get one flashlight and one multi-tool per pack.

We think that the extra items they’ve added to this kit make it a great emergency bag, especially for families larger than four. However, like with the other emergency kits so far, the bags themselves can be flimsy (both the rolling duffel and the backpack). The water packets can be prone to leaking during shipping, too.

Pros:

  • More items included than your standard survival kit
  • Order any size for one to six people
  • Water-resistant bags

Cons:

  • Bags could be sturdier
  • A bit pricey, especially for larger sizes
  • May have more items than you need for basic survival

EVERLIT Complete 2-Person 72-Hour Bug Out Bag

EVERLIT Complete 72 Hours for 2 People Earthquake Bug Out Bag Emergency Survival Kit. Be Prepared for Hurricanes, Floods, Tsunami, Other Disasters
  • ✅【Exclusive 72 Hours for 2 People, Emergency Survival Bag】Uniquely customized by US military veterans and designed to get you well prepared for emergency or disaster situation. The bag contains upgraded first aid supplies, must-have water & food, essential survival gears, and safety protection equipment.
  • ✅【5-Years Shelf Life Water & Food Approved by U.S. Coast Guard, Water Filtration Tablets】24 Packs of 125ML Emergency Drinking Water and 2 Packs of 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Bar are provided in the bag. The kit also offers water purification tablets that can treat up to 25 quarts of water.
  • ✅【Premium Survival Gears and 200 Pieces First Aid Kit】Everlit Survival complete emergency bag offers most high quality, popular and valuable content on the market. which included: molle tactical backpack, 3 in 1 Hand-Crank flashlight (radio and phone charger), survival gear, emergency shelter, thermal blanket, Recon Medical Gen 3 Tourniquet, and many more essential contents that keep you safer and prepared during the first critical 72 hours of any unpredictable emergency event
  • ✅【Multi functional Tactical Military Grade Backpack】Easy to organize and store with many compartments of the bag. With its 600 Denier polyester making it tear and water resistant. Comfortable straps, great zippers, equipped with a comfortable mesh padding back area and padded shoulder straps that can withstand heavy-duty use
  • ✅【Veteran Owned Company 5 – Star Customer Support】: Everlit is committed to providing the most comprehensive customer service. We proudly offer the exclusive 60-days hassle-free return over all products. We stand behind the quality of our inventory, all original Everlit products are covered under 1-year satisfaction warranty.

If you’re looking for a sturdy bag that can provide you with survival tools and short-term rations, this bag from EVERLIT is an excellent option to consider. EVERLIT is a veteran-owned company, so they understand what you need most in a survival situation to get out safe and sound.

While this bag is only designed to support two people for 72 hours, it has enough survival tools included in it to help make up for that. The backpack comes with a 14-in-1 survival kit that includes a multi-tool with pliers, a tactical knife, 100 feet of paracord, a fire starter, a wire saw, a multi-purpose wallet tool, and more.

The first aid kit that comes with this bag is extensive, too – the 200-piece kit comes with a tourniquet, cut and wound treatments, burn dressings, and much more. The kit itself also comes with a working radio, which none of the other kits so far have.

While this kit might have a bit less in the way of food than the other options on this list, it makes up for that by adding in a comprehensive first aid kit and extensive survival supplies. This makes it an excellent choice for those who feel comfortable hunting or scavenging for their own food.

The only thing that seems to be missing from this kit is some fishing supplies, which are present in the first survival kit we looked at. However, because fishing supplies are small and inexpensive, they should be easy to add to this kit yourself if you desire.

Refreshingly, the backpack that comes with this set is somewhat sturdy and should stand up to some repeated use, though it still can’t compare to a real pack – buy one separately if you’re concerned about its longevity. The water packets that come with it arrive in a large plastic bag, as well, so you don’t need to worry about them spilling and ruining your bag during shipping!

Pros:

  • Complete survival kit with food, tools, and medical supplies
  • Water won’t spill during shipping
  • The bag is sturdier than the others above
  • Veteran-owned company
  • Room in the bag to add more items

Cons:

  • Less desirable for those who cannot hunt, catch, or gather food in an emergency since it has less food
  • Could use some fishing supplies

Our Top Choice

EVERLIT Complete 72 Hours for 2 People Earthquake Bug Out Bag Emergency Survival Kit. Be Prepared for Hurricanes, Floods, Tsunami, Other Disasters
  • ✅【Exclusive 72 Hours for 2 People, Emergency Survival Bag】Uniquely customized by US military veterans and designed to get you well prepared for emergency or disaster situation. The bag contains upgraded first aid supplies, must-have water & food, essential survival gears, and safety protection equipment.
  • ✅【5-Years Shelf Life Water & Food Approved by U.S. Coast Guard, Water Filtration Tablets】24 Packs of 125ML Emergency Drinking Water and 2 Packs of 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Bar are provided in the bag. The kit also offers water purification tablets that can treat up to 25 quarts of water.
  • ✅【Premium Survival Gears and 200 Pieces First Aid Kit】Everlit Survival complete emergency bag offers most high quality, popular and valuable content on the market. which included: molle tactical backpack, 3 in 1 Hand-Crank flashlight (radio and phone charger), survival gear, emergency shelter, thermal blanket, Recon Medical Gen 3 Tourniquet, and many more essential contents that keep you safer and prepared during the first critical 72 hours of any unpredictable emergency event
  • ✅【Multi functional Tactical Military Grade Backpack】Easy to organize and store with many compartments of the bag. With its 600 Denier polyester making it tear and water resistant. Comfortable straps, great zippers, equipped with a comfortable mesh padding back area and padded shoulder straps that can withstand heavy-duty use
  • ✅【Veteran Owned Company 5 – Star Customer Support】: Everlit is committed to providing the most comprehensive customer service. We proudly offer the exclusive 60-days hassle-free return over all products. We stand behind the quality of our inventory, all original Everlit products are covered under 1-year satisfaction warranty.

In our opinion, the best emergency survival kit on the market today is the EVERLIT Complete 2-Person 72-Hour Bug Out Bag. This bag comes with enough emergency food and water to get you and a friend started, and it also has plenty of survival tools for you to utilize if you run out of rations.

Why is this bag so great? It combines emergency food with survival items, meaning it helps you with both temporary and long-term survival. Because of this, this might not be the best pack for older individuals or families with young children, since these people would want access to ready-to-eat rations for as long as possible.

However, this bag will combine the best aspects of survival and preparation into one inclusive kit for most buyers.

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